Reality check: Will Scheer’s promised public transit tax credit help the environment?

By Andrew Russell, Global News, September 13, 2019

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to bring back the public transit tax credit, aimed at decreasing the number of people driving to work, as part of the party’s environmental platform.

“By making it more affordable for Canadians to use public transit, we will reduce the number of cars on the road,” Scheer said in a statement. “This will decrease congestion, allowing Canadians to get home faster at the end of the workday. It will also help our environment as more Canadians choose public transit.”

The Conservatives say the plan, called the Green Public Transit Tax Credit, would give people a 15 per cent credit at tax season.

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